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Moral Equivalency and War

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Re: Moral Equivalency and War

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Quote:Niall001: But the idea that governments should behave as though human life were anything but sacred (for the lack of a better word) is a recipe for disaster.Maybe, although, there may be other ways of ensuring some measure of circumspection without relying on a sacred conception of human life. But your comment points to a potential problem: how do you structure a secular government to treat life as sacred when it's pretty much antithetical to the idea of secular to treat anything as sacred?Can you two really NOT conceive that "Sacred", while being a religious term in origin, represents something so much more than just the religious interpretation in the human mind? Do you really mean to say that secular though, or secular government based on other than religious thought, is incapable of respecting certain things and thus holding them to be of utmost importance (ie sacred) to the human condition and thus protecting that?If so, that is sad.Mr. P. But atheism is no more a religion than not playing chess is a hobby. - Robert Sawyer - Sci Fi AuthorI'm not saying it's usual for people to do those things but I(with the permission of God) have raised a dog from the dead and healed many people from all sorts of ailments. - Asana Boditharta (former booktalk troll)"The Sentient may percieve and love the universe, but the universe cannot percieve and love the sentient. The universe sees no distinction between the multitude of creatures and elements which comprise it. All are equal. None is favored...It cannot control what it creates and it cannot, it seems, be controlled by its creations (though a few might decieve themselves otherwise). Those who curse the workings of the universe curse that which is deaf. Those who strike out at those workings fight that which is inviolate. Those who shake their fists, shake their fists at blind stars." - Michael Moorcock in the "Queen of the Swords"Edited by: misterpessimistic at: 8/31/07 2:21 pm
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